- The definition of a character is a unique symbol, letter or mark used in writing.
- An example of character is an asterisk.
- An example of character is the at symbol.
- Character is defined as a trait, quality or high moral code.
- An example of character is someone who is known for being funny.
- An example of character is a person who is trustworthy.
This symbol is an example of a character.
character definition by Webster's New World
- a distinctive mark
- any letter, figure, or symbol used in writing and printing
- the letters of an alphabet, collectively
- style of printing or handwriting
- a mystic symbol or magical emblem
- a code or cipher
- a distinctive trait, quality, or attribute; characteristic
- essential quality; nature; kind or sort
- the pattern of behavior or personality found in an individual or group; moral constitution
- moral strength; self-discipline, fortitude, etc.
- good reputation: left without a shred of character
- a statement about the behavior, qualities, etc. of a person, esp. as given by a former employer; reference
- status; position
- a personage: great characters in history
- a person in a play, story, novel, etc.
- a role as portrayed by an actor or actress
- Informal an odd, eccentric, or noteworthy person
- Genetics any attribute, as color, shape, etc., caused in an individual by the action of one or more genes
Origin: Middle English carecter ; from Old French caractère ; from Classical Latin character, an engraving instrument ; from Classical Greek charaktēr ; from charassein, to engrave ; from charax, pointed stake
- to write, print, or inscribe
- to characterize
- Archaic to represent; portray
character definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another. See Synonyms at disposition.
- A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, group, or category. See Synonyms at quality.
- Genetics A structure, function, or attribute determined by a gene or group of genes.
- Moral or ethical strength.
- A description of a person's attributes, traits, or abilities.
- A formal written statement as to competency and dependability, given by an employer to a former employee; a recommendation.
- Public estimation of someone; reputation: personal attacks that damaged her character.
- Status or role; capacity: in his character as the father.
- a. A notable or well-known person; a personage.b. A person, especially one who is peculiar or eccentric: a shady character; catcalls from some character in the back row.
- a. A person portrayed in an artistic piece, such as a drama or novel.b. Characterization in fiction or drama: a script that is weak in plot but strong in character.
- A mark or symbol used in a writing system.
- Computer Science a. One of a set of symbols, such as letters or numbers, that are arranged to express information.b. The numerical code representing such a character.
- A style of printing or writing.
- A symbol used in secret writing; a cipher or code.
- Of or relating to one's character.
- a. Specializing in the interpretation of often minor roles that emphasize fixed personality traits or specific physical characteristics: a character actor.b. Of or relating to the interpretation of such roles by an actor: the character part of the hero's devoted mother.
- Dedicated to the portrayal of a person with regard to distinguishing psychological or physical features: a character sketch.
- Law Of or relating to a person who gives testimony as to the moral and ethical reputation or behavior of one engaged in a lawsuit: a character witness.
- To write, print, engrave, or inscribe.
- To portray or describe.
Origin: Middle English carecter, distinctive mark, imprint on the soul, from Old French caractere, from Latin charactēr, from Greek kharaktēr, from kharassein, to inscribe, from kharax, kharak-, pointed stick.
- charˈac·ter·less adjective
character - Computer Definition
A letter (e.g., a,A, b, and B), number (0, 1, 2, or 3), punctuation mark (e.g., ;, :,`, or "), or other symbol (e.g., @, #, $, or %) or control code (e.g., carriage return (CR), line feed (LF), acknowledgement (ACK), or negative acknowledgement (NAK)) that can be represented by a single data byte. See also byte.
A single alphabetic letter, numeric digit, or special symbol such as a decimal point or comma. A character is equivalent to a byte; for example, 50,000 characters take up 50,000 bytes. The word "character" itself takes up nine bytes. See character based.
character - Cultural Definition
A person in a literary work. For example, Ebenezer Scrooge is a character in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
character - Medical Definition
- A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, group, or category.
- A structure, function, or attribute determined by a gene or group of genes.
- In psychoanalysis, an individual's personality or temperament.
character - Phrases/Idioms
in (or out of) character
out of character
character - Science Definition
- Genetics A structure, function, or attribute determined by a gene or a group of genes.
- Computer Science A symbol, such as a letter, number, or punctuation mark, that occupies one byte of memory. See more at ASCII.